Surf & Yoga retreat in tropical paradise – Sri Lanka. Welcoming vibes of The Salty Pelican will make you feel at home. It’s a perfect place to take your first surf or yoga lesson.

Yoga & Meditation

Surf & Yoga 7 nights – included:

  • Accommodation in shared or double room
  • Unlimited yoga classes
  • Daily meditation classes
  • 5 x surf lessons
  • 7 x breakfast
  • 2 x dinner & 1 x night cocktail
  • Free WiFi
  • Unlimited cold drinking water

The Vibe

Imagine a tropical beach paradise with incredible scenery and magical vibes. A hidden bay of turquoise blue ocean lapping gently onto the soft, white sand, with tall coconut palms swaying gently in the warm sea breeze and perfect waves for beginners. Welcome to paradise.

The Salty Pelican surf and yoga retreat sits snuggled between two sun-dappled tropical shores of Hiriketiya bay, famous for it’s surfing and Dickwella’s perfectly long beach for swimming and amazing colourful sunsets. Located in the perfect position on the headland between these two incredible beaches, separated only by a 400 metre walk.

The place 

The Salty Pelican is a place to be happy, a place to feel like your own, a place to feel like home. It’s an entire experience consisting of everything we love: surf, yoga, sun, sea, salt, adventures, great people and good vibes. So kick-up your feet at our poolside cafe, grab a cold sangria and really enjoy this amazing place. Life is just that easy at The Salty Pelican. 

The Salty Pelican is literally just steps away from all of the best beaches on the south coast of Sri Lanka. So don’t stress about being too far away from the beach, town and all the tourist sights, as everything is within walking distance from The Salty Pelican.

Salty Pelican surf


The unique geography of The Salty Pelican location means there are rideable waves almost every day of the year.

At The Salty Pelican you will learn to surf with certified surf instructors, that follow a very unique approach in teaching and will make sure that you learn the proper surf techniques. There is also a large, diverse range of surfboards for that you can use all day and everyday, included in your package. Feel free to grab a surfboard anytime you like. Try different types from soft to hard or long to short boards during your week in Sri Lanka.

Surf lessons are only on 5 days so you can choose which days to take them, that best suit your itinerary. That way you will have plenty of time to chill-out, explore, swim, free surf, relax with a massage, enjoy a body scrub, explore the National Parks, discover the hidden restaurants of the local area and much more. If you want more surf lessons thet can be booked at additional price once you arrive.

Salty Pelican yoga class


During your stay you will get detailed introduction to Hatha & Yin yoga for beginners and the chance to dive deep into more advanced practice. Yoga is for everyone, so you don’t need to have any prior experience and complete beginners are more than welcome.

Practicing Hatha & Yin yoga will help to harmonise the nervous system, increase your sense of balance with the body & mind and strengthen your lymphatic system. You will practice on a beautiful covered yoga shala deck surrounded by lush tropical jungle. All yoga mats and equipment are provided.

There is a diverse daily program for both yoga and meditation, with multiple styles of classes including Hatha and Yin spread throughout the day. So you can pick and choose the best time slots. This gives you plenty of flexibility when planning your days with alternative activities like surfing and exploring the local areas. 

There is no yoga scheduled all day Mondays and on Friday mornings to give you the time to enjoy some other activities and tours.


The Salty Pelican offers affordable luxury accommodation with a choice of shared and double rooms.

Shared accommodation is perfect for those travelling on a budget. At The Salty Pelican you will stay in a deluxe shared room that has two ensuite bathrooms.

If you prefer you can book ensuite superior double room.

Prices & Packages

Surf & Yoga 7 nights

Shared room: €599 low season / €699 high season

Double room: €799 low season / €999 high season

If you’re looking for something different The Salty Pelican offers also: Surf & Yoga 3 nights, Balance & Restore 7 nights, Short & Sweet 3 nights and few more packages.

Enquire below and we will help you find package that will suit you best!

Getting there

There are several ways to get to Hiriketiya from either Colombo’s International Airport or Colombo centre.

Private transport – you can book private bus to pick you up from the airport and take to The Salty Pelican. We will help you arrange that during your booking. Journey time: 3hrs

Train – it’s a scenic journey but usually trains are full and might be uncomfortable after long flight. From the airport take taxi to Colombo Fort (40mins). From Colombo Fort catch a train to Wewurukannala (3,5hrs). Once you arrive catch Tuk Tuk to The Salty Pelican (10mins).

Bus – catch a bus from Katunayake bus stop (airport) to Colombo Fort station (1hr). From here, Super Luxury (Express) Coach are about triple the price of a normal local bus but are air-conditioned and will allow your large suitcase on. It is also the only bus allowed on the Expressways. Book Colombo – Kataragama bus route and disembark at Dikwella stop (3hrs). From there take Tuk Tuk to The Salty Pelican (5mins).



“There are two types of people I met there: One was at the salty pelican before and visited a second time – the other type was there, because a friend recommended it to them. I think this already says a lot about the place.

After being there for five minutes it already felt like home. The yoga is amazing and the people you’ll meet there are amazing.

Also: I was there for a week, but I also think it’s perfect for a shorter stay as well.”


“I had a wonderful mini-retreat at Salty. The house feels like home with a beautiful atmosphere created by the staff. Each yoga class was dynamic, well sequenced, and thoughtful. The surf lessons were great, with awesome instructors that care about your progress. I would love to visit again!”

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